EU Referendum

Butlins owner backs Brexit by launching £500k ad campaign as referendum edges closer

THE multi-millionaire owner of Butlins has backed Brexit by launching a £500,000 advertising campaign ahead of next week’s referendum.

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GETTY    Peter Harris has launched a £500,000 ad campaign ahead of the EU referendum

Peter Harris is funding a series of anti-EU adverts in a national newspaper in the run-up to next Thursday’s historic vote.The campaign features a British bulldog in a Union Flag tie, along with slogans such as “Let’s be the top dog again – vote”.Another motto tells undecided Britons: “You would be barking not to vote – this is our chance to leave the European Union”.

“He believes it’s very important people get out and vote. He really wants to make a difference.”It’s all very well to say you want Brexit but you’ve got to do something about it.”

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GETTY    The latest YouGov poll gives Leave a seven-point lead over Remain

The move by the former Tory donor, 82, will hand a further boost to the Brexit camp as the in/out vote edges closure.The latest YouGov opinion poll gives Leave seven-point lead over Remain, as voters reject David Cameron’s doom-laden pro-EU campaign.An ICM poll shows Leave with a six-point advantage while ORB have put Leave ahead for the first time since the start of April.

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BUZZFEED•GETTY    The news is a further blow to David Cameron’s pro-EU campaign

Businessman John Mills yesterday said the polls proved Britons are confident of a “prosperous future” outside the EU.Mr Mills, the chair of the Labour’s Leave campaign, added: “The polls are swinging our way, which is very good news but we must not be complacent.”We are in striking distance now, but we must continue to campaign right up until we secure a vote to Leave on June 23.”

The Chancellor has threatened huge tax rises and massive spending cuts if the country votes to quit the 28-member bloc.Christopher Chope, the MP for Christchurch in Dorset, told Mr Cameron he would welcome the chance to vote against Osborne’s plans.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is campaigning for a Remain vote, also confirmed his MPs would oppose an “austerity Budget”.

He said: “We are going to be voting to Remain because we believe it’s the best way to protect families, protect jobs and protect public services.

“We would oppose any post-Brexit austerity Budget, just as we have opposed any austerity Budget put forward by this Government.”

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